The Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) is getting up to $54,000 from the federal government to develop software that tracks mastitis in dairy cattle, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced Feb. 21.
Farms across Canada will report each incidence of mastitis, enabling CDN to eventually determine disease-resistant traits in cattle, allowing farmers to better select animals for breeding. This will result in better milk quality, reduced use of antibiotics and improved animal welfare, ultimately helping to boost the bottom line of dairy farmers, a federal release says.
“This initiative will add to the comprehensive portfolio of genetic and genomic evaluation services offered by CDN to help Canadian producers have more profitable dairy farms and places Canada amongst the first countries in the world with a national system to improve disease resistance,” said CDN general manager, Brian Van Doormaal.
This project is supported through the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP), a $50-million initiative announced as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2011.